Oden Alley, Tokyo - Ink Pen and Watercolour Painted Sketch
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For me Japan is not just about the achingly beautiful traditional scenery or hyper modern neon cityscape. A wander about (sometimes just one street away from a main thoroughfare) will reveal many hidden alleyways and small arcades where the tiniest of businesses are surviving. Decaying signage, bicycles, buckets, brooms and plants often make an appearance. Not only a visual experience, these scenes surround you with the sounds of everyday life – distant voices, the calls of crows, clinking cutlery and glasses, electronic noises and music.
Many of Tokyo's shops and restaurants are tucked discreetly into the fabric of the city - getting lost is sometimes the only way to discover them. This small alley off a shopping arcade in the shitamachi district of Asakusa, Tokyo, has a traditional Japanese house style restaurant (12 seats), serving oden - hot pot style dishes, a comfort food. Opposite is an eye beauty salon. The alley is filled with plants in plastic containers, buckets and a little bench outside the restaurant.
Original watercolour and pen ink sketch on Saunders Waterford archival watercolour paper, traditionally made on a cylinder mould machine by St Cuthberts Mill using 100% cotton.
Dated, titled and signed in pencil on the reverse, with 'nakamura' [中村] stamp in red pigment ink.
Paper size: 275 x 365mm/ 10 3/4 x 14 1/4 inches
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